Ken Tours the Sotheby’s Auction House in New York


The Sotheby’s auction house has been uniting collectors with the world’s most cherished possessions since 1744, and has grown into the world’s most trusted advisor for important assets.  Sotheby’s has auction houses in London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha, Geneva, Milan, Paris, Zurich, and New York - which I had the pleasure of touring on June 5th.  Sotheby's New York features exhibition space on six floors, a soaring nine-story glass atrium and galleries designed by museum architect Richard Gluckman.


During my tour, I visited the showroom of the Sotheby’s Important Design auction, which opened on June 6. According to Sotheby’s: 

The auction presents a curated selection of exceptional design works from the last century, including chapters of International Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, American Studio, and Contemporary design.

The sale is led by the landmark offering of eight extraordinary panels by Jean-Théodore Dupas from the Grand Salon of the legendary S.S. Normandie ocean liner.


Jean-Théodore Dupas
Eight Panels from “The Birth of Aphrodite” Mural
from the Grand Salon of the S.S. Normandie
Sold for $1,392,500


Joris Laarman
“Branch” Bookshelf Prototype
Sold for $175,000

I also had a chance to tour the auction - WYETH: The Art of Timeless Design. Describing the lots in this auction, Sotheby’s states: 

Chic and sophisticated works of Scandinavian, American mid-century, and Italian design are unified by integrity of materials, impeccable craftsmanship and beauty of form.



Hans Wegner
Pair of Adjustable Lounge Chairs
Sold for $30,000 

While I thoroughly enjoyed touring Sotheby’s New York in person, auction items may also be viewed at the website You will love looking at the items on the site whether you seek to acquire or simply admire fine assets! And if you ever get a chance to attend an auction, here's a sneak peak at the lectern. Happy shopping!




[Disclaimer:  Sotheby’s and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty are separate business entities and I do not work for or represent Sotheby’s, but I have a liaison at Sotheby’s to whom I can refer you for additional information about selling fine assets.]